November 5, 2016
A Georgia couple suspected in a retail theft crime spree across South Alabama and Northwest Florida is currently being held in the Walton County jail on arrest warrants from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and more charges are in the works.
37-year old Dino Marks and 37-year old Marlena McMillan were arrested Friday night after investigators developed information that the pair was staying at Surfside Condominium at 1096 Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach. The pair was taken into custody without incident on active warrants out of Okaloosa County for grand theft in excess of $10,000. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has additional charges for the couple and expects more developments today.
The OCSO charges meantime stem from the theft of more than $11,000 worth of high value Chanel and Louis Vuitton purses and other items from the Lux Exchange on Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin November 1st. Employees say the pair came in to buy the merchandise around 3 p.m. and explained that their credit card would have to be forced due to the high cost of the items. They gave the employees an authorization card and the transaction came back as approved. However the store owner later learned that no funds had been transferred and this is a common type of rip-off scheme.
This is an ongoing case and more details will be provided as they come available.